What to Do When Winter Takes Your Breath Away

You know it’s cold when one step outside takes your breath away—literally. But for those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other lung disease, the bitter cold can mean more trouble than a quick gasp for air. Cleveland Clinic pulmonologist Kathrin Nicolacakis, MD, who practices at Cleveland Clinic’s Chagrin Falls Family Health Center … Read More

Where the Germs Are

It’s a germy world out there. Here are five places where they lurk — and how to protect yourself from them. [tn3 origin=”album” ids=”60″ transitions=”default” responsive=”1″] Sources: University of Arizona; NSF International; California State University, Sacramento; U.S. Department of Agriculture

5 Common Flu Vaccine Questions

Trying to decide whether or not to get your flu shot this year? Maybe you have questions about why exactly you need to get the vaccination every year, when’s the best time to do it, or if there are nasty side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides some answers. 5 common … Read More

Colds and Asthma: The Season for Wheezing

When weather turns cool and the kids are cooped up in school, parents often find themselves facing colds. Most kids recover with plenty of rest and fluids, but some kids get really sick. One thing parents shouldn’t ignore is wheezing — a whistling sound during exhalation — with colds. Recurrent wheezing may signal asthma, and … Read More

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The Flu Vaccine and Heart Disease

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all people 6 months and older receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. It is even more important for people with certain conditions who have a higher risk for flu-related complications. People who are at high risk include those with heart disease and those who … Read More

Germ Prevention at School

Kids often share more than just their lunches during the school day. They also typically pass germs around the classroom. But there are some things they can do to decrease the risk. Susan Rehm, MD, who treats infectious diseases, says it’s easy for germs to spread in a classroom setting.  “Children are not necessarily consistent … Read More

Flu Vaccine Recommendations for Kids

Flu season is here, but you still have time to protect your kids from this potentially deadly virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated recommendations for the flu vaccine. Flu strains change yearly Susan Rehm, MD, who treats infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic, says this year’s vaccine is tailored to fight what health officials … Read More